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Sept. 11 theme of traveling exhibit

John HartThis piece of steel from the World Trade Center can be seen at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools' office in Nevada City. The I beam will be shown at the Nevada County Fair Aug. 7-11 and other places.
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A piece of steel from Ground Zero in New York City will be on exhibit at the Nevada County Fair in memory of those who died Sept. 11.

The 2-foot-tall I-beam, now on display at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office in Nevada City, is also scheduled to travel to the Nevada City City Hall, Grass Valley City Hall, Rood Administrative Center, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and schools in western Nevada County. The fair is Aug. 7-11.

The piece of steel, on loan from New York City, will tie in with an exhibit showing 220 fliers of those missing after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Friends and relatives posted the fliers hoping to find their loved ones. An estimated 90,000 fliers were distributed after the attacks by terrorists, as indicated exhibit’s Web site.

The exhibit, “Missing: Last Seen at the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001,” will be at the Imaginarium Nov. 23 through Dec. 22.

“Missing” has already traveled to San Francisco’s City Hall, Santa Barbara and nine other cities in six states and the District of Columbia.

Terry McAteer, county superintendent of schools, decided to bring the exhibit to western Nevada County after seeing it in San Francisco. He said the fliers are part of our history.

“I think it’s such a powerful, important exhibit for our community,” McAteer said.

Nevada City Vice Mayor Kerry Arnett said the exhibit will help people remember 9-11.

“I think in our hectic lives, it’s easy to forget things,” he said.

Hayley Gilligan, 13, an eighth-grader from Nevada City, said New York seems so distant.

The exhibit will be a great way to learn more about what happened on Sept. 11, she said.

Her sister, Calla, 9, echoed her sentiments. “I hope everyone will be there.”

The piece of steel from the World Trade Center can be seen<and touched<from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City. For information, call 478-6400.

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